The season is starting to get away from the Angels. Seven games into the season, the Angels have just two wins and enter the series 1.5-games back of the division-leading Astros. Can the Halos make up ground the American League West win with a victory over Houston on Saturday night?
Springer struggling for AstrosThe Astros should be fresh after getting a day off before heading to Angel Stadium for Friday’s series opener. Houston enters the series ranked 10th in the league in runs scored with 33 through six contests. They are batting .236 with a .734 OPS as a team and have launched just six home runs through six games following their trash can banging scandal.
George Springer is among the players struggling the most for the Astros. The 27-year-old is batting a paltry .048 with just one hit and six strikeouts in 21 at-bats. Michael Brantley leads the way with a .425 batting average and a team-high six RBIs.
Houston has yet to announce a starter for Saturday’s matchup. Check back tomorrow for updates.
Canning hoping for better results vs. AstrosReigning MVP Mike Trout was put on paternity leave earlier in the week and is expected to miss the entire series. However, the Angels did get free agent signing Anthony Rendon back in the lineup earlier in the week. He homered in his debut on Tuesday but that has been his only hit in nine at-bats. While he’s walked five times and scored four runs in three games, Rendon is hitless over his last two games.
How did Ohtani hit this one out?! pic.twitter.com/C0y1QvsEaI— MLB (@MLB) July 30, 2020
The Halos will turn to right-hander Griffin Canning against the Astros on Saturday. Canning posted a 4.58 ERA to go along with a 5-6 overall record in 18 games (17 starts) as a rookie in 2019. The 24-year-old was a fast-riser through the Angels minor league system, spending just a season-and-a-half cruising through the ranks before earning a callup. During his minor league career, Canning consistently struck out over a batter per inning while holding strong peripherals and a low-walk rate.
He flashed some improvement in the opener versus the Athletics but couldn’t get out of the fifth inning and was chased from the game after a Mark Canha home run. Canning tossed 4 ⅔ frames of three-run ball, striking out seven batters and walking just two on the day. He comes in with an 0-1 record and a 5.79 ERA as a result.
Canning’s only start against the Astros last season was a complete disaster. He walked six batters in an uncharacteristic performance, lasting just 1 ⅓ innings of work while giving up three runs in the process. He will try to exhibit some better command on Saturday night.